Glass doesn’t easily break down. This is why it’s best for you and the environment if you recycle the glass jars you have at home.
Fortunately, repurposing them isn’t that hard. Glass jars are quite versatile. You can literally turn them into a lot of things. You can use them to store spices, keep valuable items, and organize things at home. You can even use glass jars as decorations at home.
For inspiration, check out these 50 ways to reuse glass jars.
1. A present jar
You don’t need expensive boxes and gift wrapping papers to make really nice-looking presents. Just get an empty mason jar and fill it with goodies. It’s a nice idea for weddings and birthday parties. To see the full instructions, click here.
2. A hanging lantern
Upgrade your yard with these hanging lanterns. They’ll certainly make the area look magical. And if you use citronella candles, you can also keep your yard mosquito-free, too. See the complete guide here.
3. A place to keep your screws
You can just leave your screws and bolts around, particularly when you have kids. To avoid accidents, you can keep them inside empty jars. Just remember to put labels on them so you won’t get confused. See the full details here.
4. A memory jar
Store plane tickets, money, and photos from your trips in mason jars. You can keep the jars in your room or in different areas of your home. See how you can make one here.
5. DIY flower vases
Believe it or not, your vases have a tremendous effect on the style of your home. Since they act as great accent pieces, you need to make sure they look pretty all the time. Now, there’s no need to buy new ones just to achieve that. You can make your own flower vases following this tutorial.
6. A succulent terrarium
Making your own green terrarium is easier than you think. With empty glass jars from home, you’ll be able to create your very own mini-garden. Follow these steps if you’re not sure how to make one.
7. Aromatic candles
With glass jars, a block of beeswax, wick, and your chosen pressed flowers, you can create really beautiful pressed herb candles. It’s super easy to make, particularly if you follow this guide.
Your actual glass jars aren’t the only things you can recycle. Even their lids have other uses, too. For one, you can turn them into really cool coasters. Just cut a piece of cork sheet that’ll fit inside it and glue it. If you want, you can also use your pictures! Check out the other materials you’ll need here.
9. DIY canisters
Keep your kitchen neat and organized with the help of these DIY canisters. Just attach knobs on the lids and label them to make them easier to find when you’re cooking something.
10. Your own sewing kit
If you’re always losing your needles, then you might find this DIY sewing kit quite handy. Just put all your sewing essentials in a glass jar and you’re good to go. Don’t forget to glue a stuffed fabric on the lid. It’ll act as your pin cushion.
11. A desk organizer
Cluttered desk space can affect your productivity. Keep the area a bit more organized by making this DIY desk organizer. It’s super easy to make, particularly if you follow this tutorial.
12. Bathroom wall organizer
The bathroom is one of those rooms in your house that needs a bit more work when it comes to organization. If you’re always in a hurry in the morning for work, you’d understand what that means. Making this mason jar bathroom organizer could help you a lot.
13. Soap dispenser
If you still have an extra mason jar left after doing the previous DIY project, you can use it as a soap dispenser. Here’s the link to the tutorial if you want to try it out.
14. Chalkboard jars
These jars are great if you prefer to not have that many colors in your kitchen. They are simple but quite useful. You can see how they’re done here.
15. Craft tray
With this craft tray, you’ll surely feel more inspired to do more crafts and DIY projects. It looks visually pleasing, particularly with how they’re organized. Follow this tutorial if you’re thinking of creating your own.
16. Utensil caddy
Why spend a lot of money on a utensil caddy when you can make one with recycled materials? For the complete list of materials and steps for this project, see this guide.
17. Monogram vases
These vases look gorgeous, right? Whether you’re looking for decorations for an upcoming event or accent pieces for your room, you should definitely try making them. The project won’t take a lot of your time. See this link to find out more about the steps.
18. A manicure gift set
This is an awesome gift you can finish in just 15 minutes. Whether you’re looking for last-minute gift ideas or you don’t really like spending a lot of time wrapping gifts, it’s perfect for you. To see the complete list of materials you’ll need, see this guide.
19. DIY glass cloche
With a bit of creativity and about 8 materials, you can make this cloche at home. It’s colorful and vibrant, something you’ll find calming in today’s situation.
20. Gold leaf bottle vases
With how pretty these vases look, you wouldn’t be able to stop yourself from making one. Or if your house is already crowded with vases, you can still make some and give them to someone special. All the details for the project are here.
21. Mirrored milk bottles
If gold isn’t your color, then you might want to take a look at these mirrored milk bottles. They are excellent for any season. You don’t really have to wait for spring to make them. Use this guide if you’ll be making one ASAP.
22. Farmhouse kitchen canisters
These jars are quite expensive if you’ll be buying them from your local shops. Fortunately, with this guide, you’ll be able to create your own farmhouse kitchen canisters without burning holes in your wallet.
23. Fisherman netting wrapped jars
With the pandemic and quarantine, it’s not easy for most of us to go to the beach. Fortunately, with this project, you can bring that beach vibe into your home. You can start by making these mesmerizing jars following this guide.
24. Craft storage
Before you can use your candle jars for storing craft supplies, you’ll need to remove the remaining wax in them. Dwell Beautiful shared a really clever hack to get your candle jars this clean and beautiful.
25. Rustic wall vases
To add a bit of rustic charm to your space, you can make these wall vases. You can use them to hold flowers or your colorful art markers. You can find out how to make this perfect solution for blank walls here.
26. Drinking glasses
This is probably one of the most basic ways to reuse glass jars. With lids, you can cover and put them back in the fridge without worrying about spilling.
27. For rooting plants
Just fill empty glass jars with water and you can use them for rooting plants. It’s a simple way to propagate plants. Plus, since glass is transparent, you’ll be able to see your plants’ progress.
28. Marinating meat
Instead of using single-use plastic in marinating meat, use glass jars. Apart from saving money, you’ll also be able to reduce your waste at home.
29. Storing leftovers in jars
Wide-mouth jars are excellent for storing leftovers. They make it easy for you to put food in and take food out.
30. Saving leftover paint
It’s always a good idea to store paint in glass since it enables you to see the paint color at a glance. Plus, jars have lids that can keep the paint from drying out.
31. Light up mason jar aquarium
This is a fun project to do with your kids. If you have nothing to do on an afternoon, see this guide and start filling your kids’ room with these mesmerizing light up aquariums.
32. A wall planter
Not having enough space in your yard shouldn’t stop you from growing plants. With empty mason jars and this tutorial, you can start growing herbs right inside your kitchen.
33. Snow globe
You don’t have to wait until December to start decorating your home. You can begin creating your Christmas decorations as early as now. This DIY snow globe is the perfect project to start with.
34. Storage for makeup products
If you are currently decorating your beauty room, this project is for you. These jars can give that rustic vibe and a touch of class to your most favorite room in the house.
35. A bird feeder
For sure, the birds in your area will love this feeder. It’s simple and super easy to access.
36. Toothbrush holder
This toothbrush holder offers convenience. To clean it up, all you need to do is put it inside your dishwasher. Plus, you can also use it to hold your toothpaste.
37. A picture frame
Well, this is more than just a picture frame. You can actually use it to hold flowers, too. See the complete tutorial here.
38. Stained glass jars
Following this tutorial, you can transform your boring mason jars at home. Use these “stained-glass” mason jars as decorations or to hold craft supplies.
39. Magnetic storage
Save space in your bathroom by making these magnetic mason jars. You can use them to hold whatever you please. See this link if you want to find out how to make them.
40. Air freshener
Commercial air fresheners tend to be too harsh for some people. If that is the case for you, consider making your own with materials you probably already have at home. See this tutorial to get started.